Goosebumps Writer Jen Vaughn (Emerald City Comic Con)

ECCC 2018: Writer Jen Vaughn talks Goosebumps: Download and Die comic anthology

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Feb 25, 2019, 2:03 PM EST (Updated)

R.L. Stine haunted most of our childhoods with his terrifying book series Goosebumps, but now the franchise has diversified widely. Not just the TV show that ‘90s kids will remember, nor the sleeper hit movie featuring Jack Black -- no, Goosebumps now has a second arc for its comic book.

At Emerald City Comic Con, Jen Vaughn -- author of all three issues of the upcoming comic anthology Goosebumps: Download and Die, which follows the Monsters at Midnight series -- spoke to SYFY WIRE about her latest project, as you can see in the video above.

“It’s a modern-day play on the original book -- Say Cheese and Die!, about a haunted Polaroid camera -- so this one is about phones and apps,” Vaughn said. This phone uses horrible filters that depict awful nightmares... that might end up coming true.

The writer also noted that Welcome to Dead House would be her favorite standalone Goosebumps story, though those featuring watery threats or Slappy the puppet would be close contenders. Even though her stories involve more modern technology, Vaughn’s fears are rooted squarely in the timelessly unsettling.

Goosebumps: Download or Die, written by Vaughn and drawn by Michelle Wong, comes out March 21.

Additional material by Jacob Oller.

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